Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Using common spices, whip up this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe in a flash! It’s cheaper and tastier than the stale store-bought packets, too.

Taco seasoning is easy and cheap to buy, but it’s even easier and cheaper to make at home.

More importantly, it tastes GREAT.

I like Homemade Taco Seasoning first and foremost because of the taste.  It never tastes stale or fake, and it can be customized easily depending on what you like.

A white plate with piles of the colorful seasonings that constitute the taco seasoning mix: chili powder, cayenne, ground coriander, paprika, and ground cumin. In the center there is a pile of white salt.

You can make a giant batch and keep it on hand at all times to use in original or classical ways.

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This homemade Taco Seasoning mix is made of common pantry spices that you probably already have on hand: Chili powder, cumin, paprika, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper. Throw in some salt and, if you want, corn starch as a thickening agent.

A photo of a clear spice jar with the dark brown taco seasoning. The jar is set upon a blue linen, and the jar's gold lid is next to the jar, leaning against it.

(Hint: for a grain free option, lose the corn starch and keep ALL the flavor!)

My favorite way to make tacos is to use Homemade Taco Seasoning for ground beef, 2 tablespoons per pound. I also use it for Dorito Taco SaladHealthy Turkey Tacos, classic Taco Dip, in this Mexican Skillet, and in my favorite Taco Soup.

A white plate with piles of the colorful seasonings that constitute the taco seasoning mix: chili powder, cayenne, ground coriander, paprika, and ground cumin. In the center there is a pile of white salt.

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A white plate with piles of the colorful seasonings that constitute the taco seasoning mix: chili powder, cayenne, ground coriander, paprika, and ground cumin. In the center there is a pile of white salt.
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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Using common spices, whip up this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe in a flash! It's cheaper and tastier than the stale store-bought packets, too.
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 12 servings
Calories 14 kcal

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients, adding cornstarch if desired. Store covered in a dark place and use within 1 month.
  2. To use, add 2 tablespoons of seasoning for every pound of ground meat.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Alton Brown's Taco Potion # 19.

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Using common spices, whip up this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe in a flash! It's cheaper and tastier than the stale store-bought packets, too.

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9 comments

  1. I love this recipe! It’s the perfect amount of heat and flavor! I omitted the cornstarch in mine, but I’ll have to try that next time!

  2. Why cornstarch? To thicken?

    • Yes, to thicken! You can easily leave it out. I always leave it out if I’m doing any kind of paleo/whole30 diet, just traditional store-bought packets have a thickener and that’s what I was trying to mimic with this recipe. Thanks for your question!

  3. Can you use Himalayan pink salt instead of Kosher?

  4. I have a family member that is highly allergic to garlic. U unfortunately, garlic is a hidden item in many things, i.e. it might be listed as “seasoning”, which in most cases it includes garlic. I have learned that garlic could be one of the hidden ingredient in chili powder. Would you know of any chili powder brand that is “garlic free”. OR is there a replacement for chili powder that can be used in your taco seasoning recipe? Thanks

  5. Meggan: Thank you for your quick response. Your info to my question is very helpful. I will certainly look forward when you post your own chili powder recipe. Thank you again.
    Darn,
    I accidently unsubscribed!!!

    • Victoria, you are so sweet! Thank you so much! And yes I’ll get chili powder on the list… someone else asked about homemade adobo sauce so I’ll be doing that too. :) Happy New Year and thanks again!

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